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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Review: A splash of style

The latest product in the UE range is the Wonderboom, a small and affordable little wireless speaker.

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BGR Rating :
4/5

Highlights

  • The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is priced from around Rs 5,300 onwards.

  • It's a lot like the larger Boom speakers, with its smaller form factor adhering to its affordable price.

  • The speaker is capable of strong sound even at high volume levels.

Bluetooth speakers tend to be more about function over form, considering that it’s typically the kind of device you’re not looking at. A focus on sound quality is the obvious way to deal with a wireless speaker, and while design isn’t absent in the space, it’s not something you’ll see a lot of at under Rs 10,000.

Logitech-owned Ultimate Ears has always done its part to change that impression. The latest product from the brand is the Wonderboom, a compact wireless speaker priced at anywhere between Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000 (depending on the color variant), the Wonderboom is a speaker that combines style, color and hopefully sound to offer a uniquely different experience at the price. We review the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Design and Specifications

The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom largely sticks to the design language of the Boom series, with the same general styling and shape. While the larger Boom speakers are more tube-like in their shape, the Wonderboom goes with a shorter, rounder shape. It’s significantly smaller, which fits in with the price bracket as well. Connectivity is through Bluetooth alone; there’s no 3.5mm jack on this speaker. Furthermore, you can also configure the speaker to work with an Amazon Echo speaker for Alexa-based voice control.

It isn’t the company’s most affordable wireless speaker product, with the UE Roll series taking that position. It is larger and nicer looking and is naturally louder and better in terms of controls and battery size. You get a claimed ten hours of battery life from the speaker, and in actual use I was able to get around that much time of usage on a full charge. There’s also IPX7 water and dust resistance, which means the speaker will emerge unharmed from most practical cases of exposure to the elements.

The Wonderboom sports a power button at the top, volume buttons along the sides, a micro-USB charging port under a water-resistant flap and drivers that output sound in all directions. The drivers are wrapped under a thickly-weaved fabric coating, which lends a bit of color and style to the speaker. You can get the basic color options for less, but we suggest you look for the more stylish looks. Our review unit was light blue with graffiti printed on; we quite liked the way it looked.

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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Performance

As is the case with most wireless speakers from Ultimate Ears, the Wonderboom sticks to the brief. The Ultimate Ears Boom 2 and Megaboom are among the most highly-rated speakers in their category, and the Wonderboom hopes to achieve the same in its own price range. You get sound that is capable enough in terms of quality, with a stronger focus on power and fidelity at higher volumes.

From the Wonderboom, you get a sound that is surprisingly deceptive in a good way – it’s louder than the size of the speaker would suggest. And while a lot of speakers can be loud, poor tuning means that the higher the volume goes, the worse the sound gets. In this case, excellent tuning means you get good, clean sound even at volume levels more than 80 percent. The sound is also surprisingly clean for a wireless speaker, sticking to what most listeners would expect.

In terms of sonic signature, you get strong bass for a small speaker, a bit of higher sensitivity in the highs and a mild but perceptible drop in the mid-range. If you listen to a lot of popular and electronic music, as well as rock and other fast-paced genres, you’ll find the sound perfect enjoyable for under Rs 7,000. It’s loud, entertaining, exciting and driven in all ways, and the stylish looks and water resistance are added bonuses that make the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom a capable product.

Verdict

The sub-Rs 7,000 speaker segment has a handful of decent options, including popular ones such as the JBL Flip 3 and Sony SRSX11, both of which are more recognizable brands in India. Ultimate Ears doesn’t quite have the same brand legacy, but if you think of it as the audio arm of Logitech, there’s very little to be concerned about. The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom fits in well in the segment.

The most important aspect is the sound, and the Wonderboom succeeds on that front. The looks, design and strong water-resistance are added benefits here, making this a great option to look at if you want to buy a wireless speaker for not a lot of money.

  • Published Date: September 18, 2018 11:21 AM IST